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Thursday, April 30, 2009
ATI Radeon HD 4770 Video Card Overclocking Guide @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB video card is no slouch when it comes to overclocking performance, but the trick is that you will need to use RivaTuner in order to get great overclocks as Catalyst Control Center really limits how high you can reach. The 931MHz overclock that we were able to reach was only stable for 3DMark Vantage overclocking, but the 915MHz clock frequency was 100% stable for all games and benchmarks. We are happy with the overclock as 915MHz/1000MHz sure sounds and performs better than the default clocks of 750MHz/800MHz. The only thing really holding back the ATI Radeon HD 4770 is the number of stream processors and texture units..."

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PowerColor HD 4890 PCS 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor is one of the first board partners to release an overclocked, custom designed HD 4890. Instead of the AMD reference cooler a solution from Zerotherm is used. The clock speeds have also been bumped to 950 MHz core and 1100 MHz memory. Due to their improved PCB, PowerColor has managed to position their HD 4890 PCS at the price that normal reference cards go for: $249."

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Btrfs Is Not Yet The Performance King
"With the release this week of Fedora 11 Preview, which incorporates install-time support for the Btrfs file-system into Red Hat's Anaconda installer, we have now delivered our first set of benchmark results for this next-generation Linux file-system. Through a horde of disk tests we have looked at the Btrfs file-system performance and compared it to that of EXT3, EXT4, and XFS. While Btrfs does perform well in some areas, it is not yet the performance king for Linux file-systems. As our results show, in some tests it even has a hard time competing with the incremental EXT4 file-system."

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Motorola Stature i9 Review @ Digital Trends
"While Nextel phones aren't known for being sleek, the Motorola Stature i9 is both compact in size and robust in content. The Internet browser is surprisingly weak, but otherwise the i9 is one of the better phones for Nextel connections, camera functionality and easy of use."

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Worst Vaporware and High-Tech Hoaxes
"As much as late-night infomercial fodder such as the venerable vegetable slice-n-dicer and the towel-cum-chamois hybrid infuriatingly dubbed the ShamWow have become the subject of intense ridicule, these gadgets have at least one thing going for them - they exist. If nothing else, we can rest easy knowing that someone, somewhere was able to dream up an idea, turn that idea into a product that does what it's supposed to do, and bring that product to market."

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Panasonic Viera TC-P42S1 Review @ Digital Trends
"Older plasma displays are notorious energy hogs compared to LCD panels. Walk by one that's been on for a few hours and it almost feels like a Vermont wood stove in January. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but owners know they do convert quite a bit of precious electricity directly to heat. Enter the new generation of Panasonic plasma HDTVs, carrying Neo PDP technology that supposedly uses 33 percent less power to achieve the same brightness as the old 2007 models. Readers of Digital Trends know we have prefered plasma to LCD due to the rich, deep colors and super-fast response, which is just right for sports. Now let's see if a more earth-friendly design makes us even bigger fans, or if a comparable LCD is the value buy."

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Super Talent Luxio 64GB Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
"Flash drives are and have been a very important piece of pocket size technology for quite a while now. And flash drives are used on a daily basis by all kinds of people around the world. Some people use them for storing music or pictures, and sometimes movies, but at the same time, others use flash drives to take their computer based data with them on the go. Either way, people need a reliable device that can handle a light, or in some cases, heavy beating."

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Hiper Anubis Alloy Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"HIPER has done a very nice job with the Anubis chassis, producing a stylish case that is quiet and cools surprisingly well. I was also impressed with the build quality and finish. When HIPER says this is an alloy case, they mean it. I can't recall a single plastic part, aside from the window, in the entire chassis."

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ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS has it tough. No question about it, everyone loves to hate the front runner. It's hard to remember when they weren't one of the top dogs, and in this business, it's as hard to stay on top as it is to get there. For the last several years, like everyone else, they've been paying the bills by selling Intel-based systems. They kept faith with the AMD crowd however, and have consistently offered a full range of products to support the underdog in the CPU race. All that is paying off, now that the new Phenom II AM3 chips have hit the street, and enthusiasts are once again buying AMD CPUs in earnest. The new ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard uses some of the latest support chips from AMD: the 790 FX Northbridge, providing 42 lanes of PCi-e 2.0 connectivity and support for quad graphics, and the SB750 Southbridge. The 790FX was part of AMD's "Spider" Platform, launched late in 2007, but it still packs a punch, as we'll see. This is the top specified AM3 board for ASUS, so we'll see what features separate it from the rest of the pack. Let's take a good look at what ASUS brings to the AM3-DDR3 party with their new M4A79T Deluxe motherboard."

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB SATA Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB hard drive appears to be a good, solid performer. It runs cool, is quiet, and quite fast considering its slower spindle speed and meager cache size... With all things considered, the Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB SATA hard drive is a great buy and a great alternative for laptop and MicroPC storage."

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HP LaserJet P2035n Review @ Digital Trends
"Though color inkjets, multifunction printers, high-res photo printers and other sexy devices have largely won over the battle for consumer living rooms, monochrome laser printers like HP's P2035n continue to serve as the backbone of most home office and small business operations. Speed and text quality remain the laser printer's biggest selling points, and the P2035n excels at both, but cost of operating isn't quite as low as some of its competitors."

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OCZ Behemoth Laser Gaming Mouse
"Last year we reviewed the OCZ Alchemy Elixir, which was the first keyboard we looked at from this company that once was just known for their system memory and power supplies but since have ventured into all sorts of gaming products. The OCZ Alchemy Elixir was a nice keyboard, but now joining their peripherals line-up is the OCZ Behemoth -- a laser gaming mouse with a 4-way LED display, 18 grams worth of customizable weights, and an adjustable DPI sensor."

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Titan Fenrir @ Bjorn3D
"If you're sitting on a monster CPU you know the importance of keeping it nice and cool. Most overclockers and high end users know about aftermarket CPU coolers. Unfortunately, a large percentage of end users never give it a second thought. We've seen systems come directly from major websites with the wrong CPU cooler, too small a CPU cooler and pieces of plastic stuck between the CPU and the Cooler. CPU cooling bares a little thought and scrutiny. If you're still sitting a stock CPU cooler on your CPU, perhaps you should look up the term pre-planned obsolesce. That would be planning a part or component in such a way as to cause it to fail prematurely in order to get the end user to buy a new one. Well, stock CPU coolers aren't quite that bad, but they're close. In a lot of years we've never really seen a stock CPU cooler that cools the CPU properly and none have ever provided and measure of overclocking headroom."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sennheiser IE7 @ techPowerUp
"Sennheiser's long awaited performance IEMs are finally here. The IE7 earphones aim to take on some of the very best in-ears around with their bold design and conventional driver. For a price of $300 you get some of the best in-ears on the market today that impress with a detailed bass and full sound stage."

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Gateway P-7808u FX Edition Review @ Digital Trends
"After running the original Gateway P-7801u FX Edition through its paces back in November and finding it to be a desktop replacement as practical as it was powerful, we were eager to step up the next-generation P-7808u. Though it looks identical on the outside, Gateway has dropped a hot new Intel Core 2 Quad Q900 processor inside and beefed up other specs as well, making this machine an all-around improvement - or so it would seem at first glance. The screen has actually stepped down in resolution, and the price has grown to a spendy $1,800 thanks to the studly new processor. Do an extra two cores justify these trade-offs? We fired up a few games to find out."

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LG Rumor2 Review @ Digital Trends
"LG consistently produces some of the best-sounding, most intuitively ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing cell phones available. But for some reason, the company has failed to bring the revised Rumor 2 completely up-to-par with its most immediate Sprint competitor, the nearly identical Samsung Rant. Most notably, it lacks both 3G connectivity, and video recording. But while suffering in a side-by-side spec comparison, Rumor2 offers slightly better voice quality, and healthier talk-time battery life (two prime cell-phone purchase considerations)."

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AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE @ Bjorn3D
"Today we have the AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE, the big brother to the X2 7750. With an unlocked multiplier, and 64nm technology AMD plans on going head to head with the older Core 2 dual cores, as well as replaceing the older high end X2's. This new CPU also features L3 cache, which should improve scores in all kinds of tests, along with gameing."

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Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews
"So, does the Twelve Hundred live up to all the hype? Is it, as Antec touts, the “Unbeatable Gaming Case?” If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With six case fans included (five 120's and a massive 200mm top fan) and a distinctive look incorporating a chevron side window, uniform black finish inside and out and the mesh front, the Twelve Hundred brings a lot to the table in both performance and aesthetics."

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ATI Radeon HD 4770 512MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card might cost just $109, but the card doesn't look and perform like what many would expect out of a card in that price range. The Radeon HD 4770 was able to keep up with the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce 9800 GTX+ in numerous benchmarks as a testament to that. For those that game in the 1280x1024 to 1680x1050 resolution range the Radeon HD 4770 should be fine for most games with average settings as our testing had the image quality cranked all the way up in almost every test and the card did fine..."

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AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition AM2 Kuma Processor @ BmR
"Last week's launch of the Phenom II X4 955 was a big win with the enthusiast crowd. This week, however, it looks like AMD has shifted focused to the mainstream market. Not only is the highly anticipated Radeon HD 4770 launching today, but also a new dual core Black Edition processor: the Athlon X2 7850 AD785ZWCGHBOX. Based on the updated K10 Kuma architecture, the 2.8GHz X2 7850 is poised to take over as AMD's flagship dual core processor. At only $69 USD, it's also shaping up to be quite a bargain. Benchmark Reviews has thoroughly tested this new processor, and today we bring you our results."

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ATI Radeon HD 4770 RV740 DDR5 Video Card
"Sometimes an industry first doesn't mean a new champion is born. The ATI Radeon HD 4770 introduces the 40nm RV740 GPU paired to 512MB of DDR5 video frame buffer memory, and a double-height cooler allows the ATI B743 model video card to operate at 750MHz. Initially expected to sell at the $100 mark, could this be the mainstream graphics accelerator for the masses? Benchmark Reviews compares the Radeon HD4770 against a large collection of performance tests in this article."

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Monday, April 27, 2009
AMD Radeon HD 4770 @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD released the world's first GPU that is produced in a 40 nm process. The HD 4770 is aggressively priced around ~$100 and offers great performance for your hard earned dollars. In our testing realized out that the card performs almost on par with the HD 4850. With the amazing 30%+ memory overclock we got on our sample, the HD 4850 will be surpassed easily."

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Lian Li PC-A05N & Maxima Force 470 W @ techPowerUp
"The Lian Li PC-A05N is an extremely compact chassis, which can still hold a full size ATX board, thanks to a unique interior layout. This should make the case a great choice for LAN party gamers or those looking to stuff as much in as little space as possible. Pair the case with one of those Lian Li Maxima Force power supplies and you have a great base for an ultra compact power house."

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Lenovo L215P Review @ Digital Trends
"When most people think of Lenovo, monitors are far from the first devices that come to mind. In fact, even Lenovo doesn't seem to promote the fact that it manufactures them - if you browse monitors on the company's site, you'll find as many Samsung and ViewSonic models as Lenovo's own. But the company added a new low-key competitor to the heap recently with the L215P, a widescreen LCD monitor that combines a 21.5-inch 1080p screen with a built-in webcam, speakers, USB hub, and a swiveling stand for $299. That's quite a bit more than barebones competitors offers, but the price reflects it, too. Do all the bells and whistles produce a screen worth shelling out extra for? We planted one on our desk to find out."

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ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASRock X58 SuperComputer was a fantastic performer, had great overclocking potential, and had a decent bundle. ASRock produced a board that rivals most of the other leading manufacturers out there. The only hold up for the board may be the price once you compare it to some of the other offerings out there..."

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SilverStone Zeus 1200 watt @ Bjorn3D
"When gamers and overclockers like myself start adding more and more video cards, hard drives, fans, and pumps and when we push these components even harder to the point of breaking by overclocking them, the need of a high out put, highly efficient power supply becomes necessary."

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The Mammoth 20 Terabyte Custom MEGA-NAS Project @ Tweaknews
"The Mega-NAS project begins. I did some research on brand name high-capacity storage solutions. It will cost $30 000 - $50 000 for a network storage solution that meets my requirements. That is well beyond my budget. It is up to me to design and build a system capable of meeting my high capacity and processing power requirements."

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Ultimate Gaming Case, Evolved. That's the theme Antec is using to sell it's new and improved version of the Nine Hundred, now simply called Nine Hundred Two. The best-selling Antec Nine Hundred offers gamers an unbeatable enclosure, one that delivers a combination of cooling, performance and convenience that stands head and shoulders above the competition. Now, the Nine Hundred Two builds on this design with improved airflow and dominating style. Benchmarkreviews is now going to put this statement to the test and see just how much the Antec Nine Hundred Two has Evolved. Considering the original Nine Hundred was released in January 2006, you could say that it's design was due for a little re-freshening, although a lot of people might disagree with that."

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In Win X-Fighter & Commander 750 W @ techPowerUp
"The X-Fighter takes its inspiration from the Star Wars universe. In Win has gone to great length and created their own design around that aspect. The result is a very interesting chassis with a lot of unique features and one of a kind, animated LEDs, which are certain to draw a lot attention at the next LAN Party."

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ASRock X58 SuperComputer
"As we have noted before, ASRock continues to step up the capabilities of their products and with each new iteration of motherboards we see more feature-rich, enthusiast-oriented products from this cost-oriented company. With the current global economy, more consumers will be looking for more cost effective products, which places ASRock in a prime position. One of the cheapest Intel X58 motherboards on the market is the ASRock X58 SuperComputer, which has a number of exciting features but at a lower cost. In this article today we are seeing how well the ASRock X58 SuperComputer runs with Linux."

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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship 2009 - North America @ Legit Reviews
"Overclocking is nothing new to the enthusiast community, but it seems that it has become increasingly popular as many found out about it and that overclocking can be done on a rather small budget. Last year Gigabyte, one of the world's largest motherboard and video card manufacturers, figured that the time was right to support the overclocking community and hold a world wide event to find out who the best overclockers really are. Today, here at the Pacific Palms Resort in California you will be able to find the thirteen overclockers that will be facing off in the North American Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship..."

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Nokia Intrigue 7205 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Nokia Intrigue is a solid phone with nice multimedia support and a no-frills approach. Internet junkies will not like the awkward web input, but overall the Intrigue is a well-rounded phone at a nice price."

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Friday, April 24, 2009
Top 10 Signs of Smartphone Addiction
"Forget fast food, video games and reality TV. The worst plague sweeping the world these days is smartphone addiction. You've seen the worst affected skittering in alleyways, awake in bed at night, and in movie theaters, with the glow of backlit LCDs lighting up their maniacal faces. They're addicts. Any you may be one of them."

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OCZ Blade DDR3 6GB 2000MHz CL7 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to pricing the OCZ Blade DDR3-2000 7-8-7-20 6GB Triple Channel memory kit will set you back a cool $415 shipped, which is a high price to pay in this day and time. The OCZ Blade DDR3-2000 9-9-9-30 6GB Triple Channel memory kit retails for just $134.99 shipped after a $20 rebate. Is paying an extra $280.01 for CL7 versus CL9 timings worth it? To many it may not be, but to those looking to build the fastest system and have the money to spend then it sure is..."

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Thermaltake SpinQ @ Bjorn3D
"CPU coolers - nobody really likes to think about them much. They just sit on top the CPU and keep it from frying. Most end users are happy with the cooler that came with the CPU and have little realization that the Stock CPU cooler really won't do the job of keeping the CPU cool and certainly won't allow for any real overclocking. Look at the facts though. The overclocking community is just a small percentage of end users. Most end users will look at you and say, 'Overclocking. I've heard of that.' Sad but true. Most people don't overclock and in most cases review sites tend to cater to that community."

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Razer Goliathus @ techPowerUp
"Razer recently launched a new mouse mat concept dubbed Goliathus. The Goliathus mats are available with two different surfaces and in three different sizes. Add the fact that they can be had for as low as $14.99 makes them extremely interesting."

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Win a 2048MB Sapphire Radeon HD4850X2 Video Card - One Week Left
"Up for grabs is a 2048MB Sapphire Radeon HD4850X2 video card that has been updated with a hard to find BIOS for extreme noise reduction. To enter you must be a registered member of the Bigbruin.com forum with 20 posts between March 30, 2009 and April 30, 2009."

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Top 10 Celebrities on Twitter
"When Oprah hefted her considerable bulk into the Twitter bandwagon this week, sending the site's servers reeling with a 43 percent jump in traffic, she was only the latest in a quickly growing list of celebrities to use microblogging to reach the masses. The idols we love to fawn over have begun spoon feeding their thoughts to the masses, 140 characters at a time, over the Web. And if you're a fan of celebrity gossip rags, Perez Hilton, and Extra, you had better grab an account and start catching up. But with such a flood of celebs out there, who to follow? We sifted out our top 10 celebrity twitterers."

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T900 Review @ Digital Trends
"So you want to be a super model? Eat only lettuce, workout daily, and visit the plastic surgeon regularly. If your goal is to be a super model digicam, slim yourself down to practically nothing, add some bling, a dash of cool technology, and you're there. The super-slim Sony T series has always been the Heidi Klum of cameras, with knockout style and a shape that can't be beat. Yet the T series has always been more than a pretty package, delivering quality images along with its signature style. The new DSC-T900 is the latest member of the roster. Resolution was kicked up to 12MP from 10.1, it's been slimmed down almost 25 percent compared to last year, and topped off with an improved LCD screen and HD video. Is this model a runway success or a stumble? Let's check it out."

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AMD Phenom 2 X4 955 BE @ Bjorn3D
"April 23rd 2009 seemed to approach at a snails pace but finally the day is here where we can release information on the new Phenom 2 X4 955 BE and its unlocked processor. You should be seeing it on E-Tailer shelves as of today. This isn't a paper launch. The processor is immediately available on retail sites and vendors have them on hand, ready to ship should you be lucky enough to be waiting on a new AM3 processor. The Phenom 2 X4 955 BE, of course, is backwards compatible with the AM2+ platform, which is one of the exciting things about the new quads. You can upgrade while still holding onto your existing AM2+ and enjoy the benefits of a relatively inexpensive unlocked CPU and upgrade to AM3 and DDR3 at your leisure."

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AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"Following their success in the Athlon 64 era, many were surprised to the see AMD struggle with the Phenom family of processors. With the launch of the Phenom II and Dragon platform, however, AMD has made a dramatic comeback. Today, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the latest addition to the Phenom II family, the X4 955 Black Edition. With full AM3 support and an impressive 3.2 GHz clockspeed, the X4 955 Black Edition HDZ955FBGIBOX clearly takes the lead as AMD's newest flagship processor. In today's review, we'll take a closer look at this new chip and find out how it stacks up against the competition."

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Intel Core i7 Virtualization On Linux
"Earlier this month we published Intel Core i7 Linux benchmarks that looked at the overall desktop performance when running Ubuntu Linux. One area we had not looked at in the original article was the virtualization performance, but we are back today with Intel Core i7 920 Linux benchmarks when testing out the KVM hypervisor and Sun xVM VirtualBox. In this article we are providing a quick look at Intel's Nehalem virtualization performance on Linux."

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Buying Tech & Gadgets in a Recession
"In November of 2008, Circuit City, just a few years earlier one of the top dogs in the entire retail landscape, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 155 of its 722 stores in a desperate, last-ditch bid to remain afloat. Facing heightened competition, pressure from vendors, a severely troubled economy, and, some say, problematic management that refused to adapt to the times, the company did what it could in the following few months to stave off eradication. But despite its best efforts, Circuit City permanently closed its remaining 567 retail outlets on March 8, 2009, sending a total of 34,000 former employees into the jobless ranks."

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Canon Vixia HF S10 Review @ Digital Trends
"The Holy Grail for camcorder owners is one device that takes great high-def video and outstanding stills, all in a compact package. Like Indiana Jones, the Knights Templar and Don Quixote, we've been on this seemingly fruitless quest for years. A few come close, but none ever took the ultimate prize. At this year's CES, our hopes were raised once again when Canon announced the Vixia HF S10, a flash memory-based camcorder that records AVCHD video at 24 Mb/s (the best compression rate available) to 32GB of built-in memory, or Class 4 SDHC cards. It even has an 8.59MP CMOS sensor, so it takes - you guessed it - 8MP photos at native, not interpolated, resolution. When Canon offered the Vixia HF S10 to test, we hoped for an early Christmas present. Let's see if it's a keeper - and if our search has ended."

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T-Mobile HTC Shadow II Review @ Digital Trends
"When you pay a premium to get cell phone service all over the globe, there's something undeniably silly about using the same expensive minutes to make calls from your house when there's a perfectly usable Wi-Fi connection sitting around. You could hop on Skype and make calls for cheap, of course, but the inconvenience of that process compared to just dialing a friend means that most people never take advantage of it."

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BFG GTX-275 OC Edition & SLI Testing @ Bjorn3D
"BFG has always been a front runner in getting new and interesting variants of GPU's to market. While other vendors are often happy with just stock speeds on GPU's, BFG offers a variety of models and speeds, many with different cooling solutions. Not only do they offer a wide variety of speeds, they are one of the 'Enthusiasts' choices for purchasing a GPU because they offer high quality GPU's and a limited lifetime warranty combined with unparalleled tech support. With a resume like that, it's hard not to pick a BFG GPU over lesser brands."

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Vizo Master Panel II Review @ Tweaknews
"Vizo's Master Panel II takes many commonly used ports found on the back of a PC and provides additional access at the front, creating a convenient way to plug and unplug peripherals without having to fiddle with wires at the back. Not only that, it also includes a dual fan speed controller and memory card reader that is compatible with most of the typically used cards found in today's electronics."

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
WD Scorpio Black 320GB Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"With a 7200 RPM drive speed, 16 MB cache, and 3 GB/s SATA interface speed, the Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB hard drive looks impressive on paper and had solid performance numbers in the benchmarks. The performance benchmarks also showed that the Scorpio Black 320GB (WD3200BJKT) was faster than the Scorpio Blue 500GB (WD5000BEVT), which is no slouch. The Scorpio black series is faster than the blue series without a doubt. When compared to competing drives like the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB hard drive, the WD Scorpio Black 320GB hard drive falls a bit short as it was found to have lower read and write speeds. The WD Scorpio Black 320GB hard drive did do better than the 7200.3 when it comes to access times though..."

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10 Best Online Music Sites
"It's time to give up on the record store for good. Even if you're in love with strolling among racks and racks of CDs, the smell of vinyl, and salespeople who can tell rattle off the name of every obscure indie band ever to pass through town, the future of music undoubtedly lies online. But you don't need to turn to the dark side of piracy (or even paying money, necessarily) to get your music fix on the Web. We've rounded up ten of our favorite online music destinations, each one of which offers something unique in its own right. So unplug the headphones, turn up the volume, and read on."

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Logitech Harmony 1100 Review @ Digital Trends
"With a price tag one penny shy of 500 clams (you can buy it online for less), there's no denying that Logitech's Harmony 1100 Universal Remote is pricey, until you compare it with touch-screen remote controls from companies such as Crestron and AMX, which cost several times more. Those systems justify their cringe-worthy price tags by offering even many more bells and whistles than the Harmony 1100, but they also require professional installers to set them up and to teach you how to use them. Logitech's device is ostensibly user programmable: All you need is a USB cable and a PC connected to the Internet. Still, we were happy that there was no waiting on the telephone tech support line on the weekday afternoon we set up our evaluation unit, because all is not always as harmonious with this remote as it should be."

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Asus Eee Top ET1602 Review @ Digital Trends
"When considering a touchscreen computer with a $600 street price, you'd naturally expect compromises. But with the Eeee Top ET1602, Asus made only one that's left us scratching our heads: Why'd the manufacturer leave out the DVD drive? It's one thing to not have a disc burner, but the absence of even a read-only drive makes it annoyingly difficult to install new software (unless you buy downloadable versions on the Internet) or watch movies (unless you stream them from an online service like Netflix or rip them from disc and stream them from a server). Hence our mixed feelings about the unit, which you can read onward to find out more about."

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BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Smartphone Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The BlackBerry Pearl 8100 may not be the most modern or exciting smartphone on the market, but it is still an appealing option. Given the variety of functions, compact size, and decent battery life, it is worth considering by anyone who wants to upgrade their mobile phone without getting locked in to a new deal or spending a lot of money."

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Thermaltake Big Typ 14 Pro @ Bjorn3D
"There are a lot of new and exciting CPU coolers hitting the market recently and Thermaltake isn't a company to let others have all the glory. They've recently released the SpinQ and Big Typ 14 Pro. Both are innovative but aimed at different segments of the market. The SpinQ is aimed at the crowd that wants a unique look but doesn't care much about overclocking. The Big Typ 14 Pro is more aimed at overclocking and has a 140 mm fan that promises to deliver massive airflow with minimal noise. Thermaltake is a large enough company that they can afford to explore different market segments. The Big Typ 14 Pro is aimed at the mild to mid range overclocker who wants a silent computing experience."

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Monday, April 20, 2009
SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio Review @ Digital Trends
"After attempting to sway tech simpletons away from CDs and on to microSD cards with the SlotMusic player, SanDisk is back to conquer the hearts of radio listeners in 2009 with the Sansa SlotRadio. Using a microSD card loaded with 1,000 songs across multiple genres, SanDisk hopes to emulate the radio with a twist: you technically own all the songs. Pick a genre and press play. Though SanDisk paints it as a perfect solution for tech-challenged or terminally lazy folks who can't be bothered with managing music, skeptics will see it as a severely DRM-crippled MP3 player. Who's right? It depends on where you stand."

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Seagate Momentus 2.5 inch 500 GB Hard Drive @ Bjorn3D
"We recently got a new laptop in the lab because our Athlon 64 3200 (single core) HP laptop was getting long in the tooth and we decided to go with a dual core laptop from Toshiba. We decided to go with a low to mid-range system because it's primary use is writing reviews and the opportunity to upgrade presents itself to us a lot more often than the ordinary end user. When we got the new Toshiba with the Core 2 Duo T5800 2 GHz CPU and 4 GB of ram with a copy of Vista 64 we thought it was running a little slow for the specifications."

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Sunday, April 19, 2009
DimasTech Bench Table Easy V2 @ techPowerUp
"The DimasTech BenchTable Easy is a metal overclocking/testing station with the possibility to hold large water cooling kits. Unlike some other tables out there, you can stuff this puppy with three optical drives, four hard drives and add double or triple radiators to the rig. On top of that, you can freely choose from a whole array of colors to customize the look of your own Bench Table."

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Friday, April 17, 2009
OCZ Vertex 120GB v1.10 MLC SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Vertex SSD (OCZSSD2-1VTX120G) uses the 2.5"

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Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD4850 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The biggest selling point of the Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD4850 512MB graphics card may be that it runs cool, quiet, and it is relatively energy efficient. Sapphire has made a few electrical tweaks, as well as developing a new cooler, that give you all the performance of a Radeon HD4850 without as much heat, noise, or electricity consumption."

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Rosewill RMS-HDA5000 and RMS-DA7600 Antenna @ Bjorn3D
"The truth is that all television antennas are designed to receive signals at Ultra High Frequencies (UFH), Very High Frequencies (VHF), or both regardless or analog or digital. This means that even the old antenna that you have in your house from the analog age would still work with current HDTV. Do not get fooled by all of the marketing hypes of HDTV antenna. However, even among all of the antennas, there are some with good reception and some are having poor reception. In my opinion, as long as an antenna is able to receive a clear signal, then it is a good antenna."

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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Why Dell Should Upgrade Past Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
"Earlier this week we looked at the Inspiron Mini 9, which was Dell's inaugural Atom-powered netbook. The hardware to the device was fine and it even shipped with Ubuntu Linux, albeit with a few modifications. In that article though we said we would have Ubuntu benchmarks coming from this 8.9"

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OCZ Reaper TC DDR3 1866 6GB (OCZ3RPR1866C9LV6GZK) @ Bjorn3D
"We've been waist deep in ram reviews at Bjorn3D. Some of the fastest kit's in existence have passed through our hands and we've driven them as hard as they will drive. We have on hand a kit of OCZ Reaper and we're going to do something a little different with this 6 GB kit of Reaper DDR3 TC 1866 ram. We're going to review it at stock speeds on the Core i7 965 then pass it on to another reviewer with a Core i7 920 and let him run it stock and OC so we can see how much difference we get from a multiplier OC and a FSB OC to settle the FSB/Multiplier OC debate once and for all."

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Best Internet Explorer Add-Ons
"Though Firefox still holds the heart of computer enthusiasts everywhere, Microsoft has learned a thing or two from the competition lately, and borrowed many of its most popular features, including third-party plug-ins. But which are genuinely helpful, and which are useless clutter? We've assembled 10 of our personal favorites to help you get up to speed on a customized IE experience."

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Sony Vaio P Review @ Digital Trends
"CES 2009 held few drool-worthy surprises for tech aficionados, but Sony's svelte Vaio P definitely qualifies as one of them. The company's answer to the booming netbook market manages to make its already-small competitors look like giant toys, with typical Sony style to seal the deal. It even offers a high-resolution screen and 3G modem built in. But as it turns out, the black magic Sony pulled to fit everything inside has some unintended consequences when it's time to fire it up, making its real-life usability a far cry from what the outside would suggest."

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Sapphire Vapor-X HD4850 512MB Videocard @ Tweaknews
"Sapphire did a good thing by bringing a feature rich HD4850 videocard on the market that won't break the bank, but isn't holding back any performance. The card is priced well, relatively fast, quiet and overclocks very well."

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Intel Drops A Load Of G45 Programming Documentation
"While Intel has long backed an open-source graphics driver for their integrated graphics driver, it was not up until last year when Intel released the i965/G35 documentation that there was public, NDA-free documentation concerning their newer IGPs. Later that year they then released the GMA X4500HD series and since then we have been waiting for them to push out public documentation concerning their G45 chipset. Well, Intel has finally come to the table with this documentation and it is very extensive. This documentation drop today is split into several volumes and makes up well over 1,000 pages of Intel hardware documentation and register descriptions that are available under the Creative Common Attribution, No Derivative Works license."

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Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU cooler opens up a couple of different ways to keep your system cool. Combined with a dual core 45nm CPU you should have no problem running this heat sink without a fan, or with one below 20 decibels. As an HTPC enthusiast that leans more towards the multimedia aspect as opposed to gaming, the difference in sound is HUGE! Instead of hearing the CPU fan spinning its little heart out when it comes to a quiet scene in a movie, you have a silent computer that keeps you focused on being entertained. That is really the whole point here, giving you peace of mind that your hardware is running cool, as well as giving you peace and quiet..."

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 Review @ Digital Trends
"Despite a rather conservative past, RIM has been advancing by leaps and bounds in the last six months or so. The Storm made a splash as the first touch-screen BlackBerry, the Pearl Flip folded its way into history as the first clamshell BlackBerry, and the Bold stood out as the very first 3G BlackBerry. With siblings that carry the BlackBerry name forward in so many ways, it's easy to dismiss the Curve 8900 as more of the same from the Canadian company. But that would be a mistake. Despite its somewhat dated EDGE modem, the Curve 8900 makes a number of significant, if not necessarily earth-shattering, improvements to the traditional BlackBerry, without sacrificing what has drawn the company such a rock solid fan base to begin with."

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Asus M4N72-E 750a @ Bjorn3D
"Asus comes at us again with another board for the AMD camp. We all know that Intel's Core i7 and the X58 platform is where it's at right now, but if you're a lowly guy like me you can't afford the toys for the big boys. Or, if you can, the wife doesn't want you spending that hard earned money for something to take your attention off her *wink*. Anyways, today we will be evaluating the Asus M4N72-E 750a Motherboard designed for the Phenom II CPU set. There has been controversy over whether or not to make the jump to DDR3 and I will be making a few comparisons to not only our different makers of chipsets but also to DDR3 and DDR2. Is it really worth it? You will just have to take a peek and see!"

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Sennheiser IE6 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Sennheiser recently launched the IE6 earphones. Marketed at budget conscious sound enthusiasts, Sennheiser aims to conquer a market already booming with new and innovative products. For a price of $200 you get a very smooth listening experience with a nice balance between the lows and highs."

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Inno3D GeForce GTX 275 OC 896M @ techPowerUp
"Inno3D's latest graphics card release is the GeForce GTX 275 Overclocked. It is based on NVIDIA's P897 design but comes with considerably increased clocks. This results in a nice performance boost over the reference cards and allows the card to beat the much more expensive GeForce GTX 285."

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iConnplus iBP1200 iPhone 3G Case/Charger Review @ Legit Reviews
"The first order of business is to charge the iConnplus iBP1200 iPhone 3G case battery. This can be done with or without the iPhone in the case. If the iPhone is in the case, both will charge. For test purposes, I charged the iConnplus by itself just to see how long it takes to fully charge. Their website's frequently asked questions section states that it should take about 3 hours to charge from a completely drained state and lo and behold, that's almost exactly what it took. I tried this on three different occasions and had the same result so I'm satisfied it's accurate although the manual does state that charge times will vary by PC or laptop..."

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Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook
"While there are many netbooks on the market from a variety of different vendors, for the most part they are composed of the same hardware. They generally carry an Intel Atom processor with a solid-state drive or hard drive, 1GB or so of memory, and an 8"

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Nokia E63 Review @ Digital Trends
"Ever since Apple and RIM began their touch-screen smartphone/multimedia device/third-party app store pas de deux, other smartphone makers have been trying to fill the small niche formed by users not satisfied by these two smartphone giants. Nokia's unlocked E63 (a surprisingly inexpensive $279 at nokiausa.com) represents the now-familiar fusion of a smartphone with an"

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HornetTek Rhino 2.5\'\' SATA to USB Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"The 2.5’’ SATA to USB is HornetTek’s Rhino series of 2.5’’ SATA external enclosure. In addition to the Rhino series, HornetTek also has the Traveler Series which is designed with USB cable attached to the enclosure for those who carry the enclosure on the go. In addition, there is the One Touch Series which comes with a button for one touch backup. The Rhino series, on the other hand, is your plain USB enclosure without much fan-fare or any special feature."

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Best Firefox Add-Ons
"Firefox has gained a cult-like following for its speed, stability, and interface, but to diehard fans, third-party plug-ins remain by far its biggest selling point. Like adjusting the mirrors in a car and fixing the seat height before you leave the driveway, customizing your browser can make you feel a lot more comfortable on the Web. And like setting cruise control, a lot of them can make certain tasks a lot easier, too. Unfortunately, the endless pool of add-ons out there can also be quite daunting for first-time users who aren't sure what they're looking for. We've cut through the clutter to round up 10 of the most useful add-ons out there."

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Dell Adamo Review @ Digital Trends
"With a chassis measuring just 0.76 inches at its crest and an innovative unibody design, Apple's MacBook Air broke ground in the high-end, ultra-slim, and super-refined laptop category at the beginning of 2008. Half a year later, HP's Voodoo unit took things a step further via the Envy, a carbon fiber-covered siren of a machine with high-end hardware features-such as a touch pad that switches itself off whenever the user begins typing-and a girth even less than that of Apple's couture machine. And now Dell's Adamo has claimed the coveted"

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QNAP TS-439 Pro Intel Atom Powered Four Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"Once again, this is an excellent showing from QNAP. Their NAS units have always exceeded my expectations by offering an impressive feature set and quality construction that consistently goes above and beyond the competition. The TS-439 Pro NAS continues that trend and utilizes the power of the Intel Atom processor, making for a robust yet efficient way to centralize not just storage but many other network operations as well."

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Monday, April 13, 2009
Gigabyte Setto 1000 & ODIN 470W PSU @ techPowerUp
"The Gigabyte Setto 1000 looks great on the outside, with its stylish aluminum front and choice of three different colors. The case goes all out on looks, but keeps to the bare minimum on interior features and the price tag as well. This is for all of you who want to pimp their entry level PC or simply want to steer clear of beige OEM enclosures on their first build."

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MSI 790GX-G65 ATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"AMD's 790GX + SB750 platform makes for a great HTPC gaming platform while also offering enough flexibility to function as a full-blown gaming platform and even an extreme benchmarking platform. MSI's 790GX-G65 pulls all three roles off effectively for a paltry $129.99. In nearly all of our tests the AM3 platform pulled ahead of the AM2+ platform with a modest margin, so the performance improvement is there..."

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Driving Linux-based Benchmarking With Sandtorg
"We have invested a lot of resources into enriching the Linux hardware experience particularly by improving Linux performance benchmarks and taking the necessary steps to make Linux-based benchmarking an attractive offer for hardware and software vendors. We have also strived to ensure that open-source developers understand the importance of automated testing and that they have the proper tools to fully automate tests relevant to them when looking for performance regressions and other conditions that otherwise would not easily be caught in an efficient and effective manner. At the same time, we have sought to standardize the benchmarking process of Linux desktops to make it easier for end-users and companies when looking to gauge how well something works on Linux. The Phoronix Test Suite has made immense progress over the past year, but today it is now time to expose our latest endeavor, Sandtorg."

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Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Thermaltake promotional material claims the BigTyp 14 Pro is "completely silent", which just isn't true at any speed with the included fan. Despite this, I was quite pleased with the performance and noise level at the lowest speed setting. When I switched the stock fan out for a 92mm fan mounted under the cooling fins (blowing upward) things got even better."

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Panasonic HDC-HS300 Review @ Digital Trends
"A video camera lives or dies by its optics. A poor-quality model (think: the Flip for about $100, or a no-name brand at Best Buy) is a real disappointment in terms of resolution and color depth, even though it makes YouTube uploading easy. Similarly, a low-quality camcorder introduces noise and artifacts to a movie - there's a noticeable pixilated look. Alas, unless you want to fork over $2000 or more for a professional camera, there are almost certainly bound to be compromises with most models. But somehow, Panasonic has made the sensors in the HDC-HS300 video camera work overtime - color quality and resolution are exceptional. It's not the device you'll want for, say, shooting indie films or other artistic video work, but, against the odds, it's a solid all-around performer."

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HIS HD 4850 IceQ4 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
"We have come a long way from the major change of high end graphics RAM size that took place near the end of the Nvidia 7 and ATI X1900 series like spans. This change is happening again, only this time it's not 256 MB to 512 MB, it's 512 MB to 1 GB. One gigabyte cards are quickly becoming the norm for higher end cards. Even some of the lower end cards are getting the 1 GB treatment. It is one thing for a company to slap an extra 512 MB of RAM on a card and call it a new card, it's another for the card to actually perform significantly better than the 512 MB version. While the higher RAM size certainly helps in higher resolutions, by how much does it help?"

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Hiper Slim Aluminum USB/PS2 Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"This HIPER offering is a very good keyboard for general internet surfing, email and occasional document creation. If a larger, classier version of a laptop style keyboard appeals to you, then this could be a welcome addition to your home office setup. The construction is solid, the build quality excellent and the keys are nice and quiet during use."

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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thrustmaster Run-N-Drive PC/PS3 Wireless Gamepad @ BmR
"Since testing computer hardware products is a PC-centric task, I've never wandered very far from what I know. But after writing my editorial Year In Review: 2008 Computer Hardware Industry Failure it seemed wrong not to taste the forbidden fruit... so I purchased a Sony PlayStation 3. Aside from the PS3 system, which quickly received an Editors Choice Award-winning Solid State Drive upgrade, I also purchased nearly two-dozen games and a Blu-ray remote control. I soon discovered that my racing skills were lacking... and I needed an edge. Enter the new-and-improved Thrustmaster Run'N'Drive wireless gamepad, model 4160527. Now unplugged and built around the 2.4 GHz wireless radio band, this PC/PS2/PS3-compatible controller takes the Sony SIXAXIS to the next level and adds an optical wheel and under-belly triggers."

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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Zalman CNPS 9900LED @ Bjorn3D
"With a name like Zalman has with us, overclockers and modders alike, we expect the best from such a great company. Zalman is one of the companies that mixes beauty and performance at a level that only they can do."

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Friday, April 10, 2009
Corsair P256 256GB MLC Solid State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"When comparing the Corsair P256 SSD to other popular 2.5"

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Logitech MX1100 Cordless Laser Mouse
"Logitech is one of the leading manufacturers of computer peripherals, including keyboards and mice, and with that, they have an immense selection of products. Among the different Logitech mice are ones with interchangeable grips, custom-color LEDs, and even an air mouse, but one of the newest members of the Logitech MX family is the MX1100. The Logitech MX1100 is a cordless laser mouse that is designed to not only be wireless but also provide extremely comfort. Will this Logitech cordless laser mouse work under Linux though?"

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Cooler Master Storm Scout- The True Gameing Case @ Bjorn3D
"Cooler Master has once again spiced up the computer case market with their new Storm lineup. The newest case in the series, the Scout, is a little brother to the previously released Sniper. You can see that the Scout drew a bit of inspiration from the Sniper, as they have similar design features. One of the things that stands out with the Scout is its focus on being a LAN case. This is clearly evident in its top handle and its light weight. This case doesn't sacrifice quality for weight either. At just under 20 pounds, its not very heavy, yet it's still made out of steel."

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Thursday, April 9, 2009
OCZ Eclipse & Behemoth Laser Gaming Mice @ techPowerUp
"OCZ’s newest offerings on the mouse market are the Behemoth and Eclipse gaming mice. Equipped with the latest sensor technology available and an abundance of buttons they face the competitors. Competitively priced at 26.99 € for the Behemoth and only 24.99 € for the Eclipse they are sure to create quite a stir in the midrange market."

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NZXT Khaos Welded Aluminum Full Tower PC Case @ Legit Reviews
"Just taking a quick look at the Khaos you can see the two 120mm blue LED fans for fresh air intake on the front of the case and just the overall size of this full tower compared to these fans. The Khaos can hold over 8 hard drives along with eleven 5.25"

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XreaL: The Most Advanced Open-Source Game Engine?
"Last week Nexuiz 2.5 was released and we said it raised the bar for open-source gaming as it already offered impressive graphics and this new release was greeted by various engine improvements, new models, and over 3,000 other changes. Well, Nexuiz is not the only open-source first person shooter striving for perfection even without the backing of a major game studio. A relatively unheard of game engine is XreaL, which has not had a stable release yet but its lead developer claims that it is definitely the most advanced open-source game engine."

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Corsair Dominator GT 1866 (TR3X6G1866C7GTF) @ Bjorn3D
"We've seen a lot of ram kits come through Bjorn3D this season. The introduction of Core i7 and Triple Channel ram spurred the industry to come up with low voltage high performance ram that seems like every kit sets new bandwidth records. Corsair has been on the forefront of that revolution of low voltage ram development."

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CM Storm Scout Gaming Case SGC-2000-KKN1-GP @ Benchmark Reviews
"What differentiates a serious Gaming PC from all the rest of the PCs in the world? To me, it's all about graphics performance, but I know there are many who would disagree. They would say it's a combination of factors, including appearance and some extra functionality needed to survive the physical gaming environment. Cooler Master has created a new division called CM Storm to address the specific needs of gamers. Their latest product, introduced at CEBIT in early March, is called Scout: The True Gaming Case, and is aimed at the mid-market enthusiast.The first thing you notice about the CM Storm Scout Gaming Case is its appearance, particularly the swooping, integrated handle that graces the top surface. That's an obvious nod to the LAN Party setting, but what about the rest of the case? The Scout has several other features that are aimed at the gaming market, as we'll see. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews and let's see if the Scout (SGC-2000-KKN1-GP) has enough gaming DNA to survive the ruthless natural selection process that takes place in this very demanding marketplace."

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Gainward 295 GTX Graphics Card review in Metku
"After losing the performance crown, Nvidia pulled some aces to take back the title. The newer GT200b core made it possible for Nvidia to regain the crown in the same way as which it lost it, placing two GPUs onto the same card."

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How To Setup a Home NAS Server - QNAP TS-439 Pro Turbo @ Legit Reviews
"I found the TS-439 very easy to setup and use. The NAS served up files at reasonable speeds, and the performances of NFS was excellent. I am happy with the media server functionality and it was very simple to get my media served up to my PS3. I would have liked a manual or other comprehensive documentation for Twonky, though. Also, I had some issues with the finer configuration points such as setting the UIDs so that I would have proper permissions on all my files. I should mention that I contacted technical support with a number of my questions, and they were quick to respond and very helpful..."

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Choiix C-HL01-WS Air-Through Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ Bigbruin.com
"During testing, the temperatures of the processor, graphics card, and hard drive were all lowered thanks to the use of the Choiix C-HL01-WS Air-Through laptop cooling pad, although none of the improvements were extreme. Other positives include an integrated 4-port USB hub and a pair of 60mm fans that can be turned on or off with a push of a button."

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Intel Q9400 CPU @ Bjorn3D
"For a $229.95 CPU we're liking the performance of the Q9400, good price, overclocking champion that's a winning combination. Any chip that costs that much and you can get a 50% overclock with a locked multiplier is good in our book. There's more to get from the Q9400 it just depends on how bad you want bragging rights, you'll need a high FSB capable motherboard and some nerves of steel mixed with a little overclocking skill but it's there to get."

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Antec Signature 650 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Antec has scored a major coup with their Signature Series 650W power supply. Its efficiency, features and warranty are at the very top of its class and the hybrid modularity and easily identifiable rail distribution are welcome additions to an outstanding product. The subtle good looks belie the clever design features, both internal and external, that set this unit apart from the crowd."

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Antec P183 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Launched in 2005, the original Antec P180 case was immediately welcomed into the industry as one of the best cases of the year. A few years and a few revisions later, we find ourselves in the presence of its latest successor: the Antec Performance One P183 mid-tower case. While the basic design remains the same, Antec took their end-user feedback to heart and implemented several highly requested changes. Today at Benchmark Reviews, we look at those changes and find out how the Antec P183 stacks up against another recently launched enthusiast case: the CM Storm."

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Godfather II for PS3 Video Game Review
"Today we are going to take a look at a new video game form EA called Godfather II. This is the follow up to the original Godfather game for console systems. The game feels much like GTA with some of its game play and if you liked the original Godfather title, you will like Godfather II. Read on for all the details."

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Intel Core i7 On Linux
"Back in November Intel had formally launched the Core i7 series, but Linux benchmarks were not to be found. However, in the weeks that followed, results began to emerge through the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoronix Global. Over time there were many more Linux test results from the Phoronix Test Suite community, but now we have posted some of our own Intel Core i7 numbers from Ubuntu Linux."

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OCZ’s ModXStream Pro 600W Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a powersupply from possibly one of the best-known names in the PC hardware industry. Whoever can that be? Why OCZ of course! The PSU we are looking at today is OCZ’s new ModXStream Pro 600W. Whilst most people associate OCZ with memory, they also manufacture cooling products and power supplies too."

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Monday, April 6, 2009
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Years ago I never imagined I would “need” a terabyte of storage. Fast forward to today with the explosion of digital media and it is easy to justify such a need. Once you do acquire such a large drive you may worry about reliability, as 1TB of data is a lot to lose. Today we will test the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard drive in terms of speed, reliability, and value."

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Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard Review
"Logitech has made some of the coolest gaming keyboards around for many years. I have used the Logitech G15 as my gaming keyboard since the product was introduced and even used it as my keyboard for normal work for a long time. Logitech has a history of making excellent keyboards and today we are going to check out it latest gaming keyboard called the Logitech G19. Read on for all the details on the Logitech G19 gaming keyboard."

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ECS A790GXM-AD3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS A790GXM-AD3 motherboard was a board that was easy to set up and to work with. There was nothing that gave us any issues at all. It was smooth sailing throughout the review, which has been something that rarely happens any more. It seems there is always something that we have to struggle with, but not on this board. It is fast, a great gaming board, and has upgrade options for the end user. Also, overclocking is phenomenal..."

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Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 Delivers New Automated Testing Capabilities
"Phoronix Media has today released Phoronix Test Suite 1.8 (codenamed"

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 @ Bjorn3D
"As the platter density increases, hard drives are able to pack more data per disk and, as a result, the time for data retrieval is shorter due to less time that is needed to find the bits of data. Not only that, hard drives are able to perform faster. The larger areal density also allows hard drive manufactures to exceed the storage capacity of 1TB and now we are seeing HD manufactures breaking into 1.5TB and even 2TB. Seagate’s latest Barracuda 7200.12 is the company’s first hard drive that comes with 500 GB platter density."

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Netbook Computing : Staying Productive While Remaining Afloat in a Recession
"Now what does someone like me do with such a tiny laptop? Well, I bring it everywhere I go! It's easy to do so, being the size of a hardcover novel. I'm constantly working on documents, whether resumes or more recreational writing, and this little guy is a great way to get those documents done. When it comes to writing on a computer, I believe that the human/machine interface should be as transparent as possible; this netbook facilitates that transparency easily."

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ASUS EAH4890 TOP Radeon HD 4890 RV790 @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS has a reputation for bringing cream-of-the-crop products to the marketplace, and branding them with the TOP badge. The new Radeon RV790 GPU is the next well-bred concept from the ATI labs, and in this article Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the new ASUS Radeon HD 4890 GDDR5 EAH4890TOP video card against the rest of the high-end segment. Overclocked to 900MHz this Radeon 4890 is the most-powerful single GPU video card produced by AMD, it's going to be a tough fight to beat out NVIDIA."

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Sunday, April 5, 2009
Plantronics Explorer 370 Ruggedized Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Working with the Explorer 370 is really easy and natural. The headset just seems to work right with no weird quirks or hiccups. When a phone call comes in or when the user initiates a call, the headset responds quickly and transfers calls as fast as any headset we have tested. Advertised range of the headset is 33 feet and when tested in an open area, we can confirm those numbers. Usable range for the headset is easily 15-20 feet before encountering static or dropouts. For the majority of users - even those who have a need for a ruggedized headset – the range of the Explorer 370 will be satisfactory. It certainly doesn’t match the 100-foot + range of the Callpod Dragon, but then again, who really needs that kind of range?"

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Razer Arctosa @ Bjorn3D
"Gaming and the tools to achieve pawnage have really evolved in the years we've been looking for the perfect gaming shrine. Once upon a dinosaur ago we can remember pounding away at an IBM keyboard in the green monochrome glow of a CRT and thinking that this was the stuff dreams were made of. Then, CGA (3 Color) and EVGA (16 color) monitors hit the streets and we knew we'd achieved the pinnacle of gaming."

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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Super Talent Pico 16GB @ Bjorn3D
"As many of us know, computers, and their related hardware, have been getting smaller and smaller over the years. Peripherals and add-ons are no exception, of course. Laptop mice have become a niche all their own, desired for their small size and portability. So too, have the USB thumb drives. Leading the charge when it comes to miniaturizing is Super Talent, with their Pico line of USB drives. The Pico has been around for some time now, but the 16GB generation is a relative newcomer."

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Friday, April 3, 2009
Nexuiz 2.5 Raises The Bar For Open-Source Gaming
"Nearly a year ago Nexuiz 2.4 was released and it offered impressive graphics along with a new menu design, improved networking performance, reduced memory usage, and many other enhancements to this open-source game. The developers behind this first person shooter have now outdone themselves again with the release of Nexuiz 2.5. This latest release of Nexuiz brings even better graphics capabilities along with a new HUD, network communication improvements that cut the bandwidth in half, smarter bots, even better graphics, and several new maps. In total more than 3,000 changes make up Nexuiz 2.5!"

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SilverStone Raven RV01
"Back in December we looked at the SilverStone Fortress FT01. While we have seen many remarkable cases from SilverStone over the years like the Temjin TJ10 and Sugo, the Fortress series was a brand new line-up and introduced several innovations into this $200 USD enclosure. The Fortress FT01 ended up being an excellent case and had received our Phoronix Editor's Choice Award. Besides the new Fortress series, SilverStone has also introduced the Raven series. We have already reviewed the SilverStone Raven Mouse, but now there is a Raven chassis. This chassis is really like nothing else we have ever seen before, so read on as we explore the Raven RV01."

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Different Brand Video Cards Change What You See in Games @ Legit Reviews
"After some further research from the community it and on the test bench it appears that when running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting that the camo mesh is present on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 series graphics cards, but not on ATI Radeon 4000 series graphics cards. If the setting is changed to Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting (DX10) on the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series of cards the camo mesh appears after the game is restarted. This is still interesting as it means that benchmarking ATI versus NVIDIA with the 'Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting' setting doesn't matter much as the cards will be rendering different objects in various parts of the game and this could impact the frame rate as the render path is not identical..."

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G.Skill Triple-Channel 1600 MHz 6 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"G.Skill offers a full range of tri-channel memory kits at speeds of up to 2000 MHz. We are taking a look at their red kit rated at 1600 MHz and CL9. Even though this memory is on the lower end of the line-up, it manages to surprise with good overclockablity and the possibility of tighter timings."

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Mushkin HP3-12800 DDR3 @ Bjorn3D
"DDR3 memory has been slowly taking over DDR2 as the new standard in RAM. Lower voltages and higher speeds make the difference easily worth the price. The lower voltage means lower energy bills. In the long run it can save you hundreds of dollars over years of use. These savings add up, and easily make DDR3 worth the extra cost. On top of these savings you get more performance. This performance also guarantees a bit of future proofing. If you look back at the life span of RAM you will find that DDR and DDR2 both lasted for years, so it is pretty safe to assume that DDR3 will last just as long as the previous standards of DDR. With this in mind, it makes a lot of sense to be considering upgrading that old computer that just isn't as fast as it used to be."

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OCZ Vertex SSD RAID-0 Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"Lower power consumption and heat output are the least impressive benefits of Solid State Drives. The real payoff is in the practically instant response time and high-performance throughput. Once SSDs could outperform their HDD counterpart, it was all about price and capacity. Adding up to 64MB of Elpida DRAM to the buffer has permanently solved stuttering problems, making raw performance the last bottleneck. An Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller commands the bank of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules, allowing a single OCZ Vertex SSD to offer impressive capacity with unmatched performance. But what if we put two Vertex SSDs into a striped RAID-0 array? Benchmark Reviews tests the speed and bandwidth of two OCZSSD2-1VTX120G SSDs against the fastest storage products on the planet in this OCZ Vertex SSD RAID-0 performance article."

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Thursday, April 2, 2009
HornetTek Hover 3.5" SATA USB Enclosure Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The HornetTek Hover 3.5" SATA USB enclosure is a great choice for someone that is looking to increase hard drive space. The active cooling should help to extend the life of your hard drive, and the enclosure itself feels robust enough to survive being placed in a bag and carried from one location to the next."

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Nvidia GTX-275 @ Bjorn3D
"In the ongoing price/performance wars in the GPU arena Nvidia had released yet another new variant of the GTX-200 lineup. A welcome addition to the 'Enthusiast' lineup targeted toward the value conscious enthusiast and expected to debut at $229 - $249 dubbed the GTX-275. With Nvidias dedication to the concept of naming GPU's in the linear numeric manner you can expect the new GPU to fall between the GTX-260 and the GTX-280 leaning more toward the GTX-280 performance than the GTX-260."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 Versus ATI Radeon HD 4890 @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to the Radeon HD 4890 it is hands down the fastest single-GPU graphics card that AMD has every produced. It performs significantly better than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB and runs cooler and uses less power at idle. There really is not much bad to say about the card as it is also priced lower than the GeForce GTX 275. Add in the fact that it has already proven itself to be an overclocking monster with a core clock frequency of nearly 1GHz with the stock cooler and no voltage adjustments you have a clear winner for all the Radeon fans out there..."

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Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Spending a ton of money will buy you a myriad of features and great performance, but some of those extras you may not need or will use very infrequently. Strip away the bells and whistles and you're left with a boring old standard keyboard, which isn't good enough for gamers of any skill level either. Fortunately, Razer has found a happy medium with the Arctosa. It puts an emphasis on performance and style while leaving out unnecessary things like backlighting and integrated USB ports."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 RV790 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Radeon HD 4800-series has been a real success for AMD, and combined with Phenom II Processors they create a synergistic effect called the Dragon platform. The new Radeon RV790 GPU is the next well-bred concept from the ATI labs, and in this article Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the new Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 GDDR5 video card against the rest of the high-end segment. Since the Radeon 4890 is the most-powerful single GPU video card produced by AMD, it's going to be a tough fight to beat out NVIDIA."

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Zotac GeForce GTX 275 Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA released their GeForce GTX 275 Series. While there are no architectural improvements, the new cards offer substantially improved performance at competitive prices. Zotac's Amp! Edition offers higher clocks out of the box - is that enough to combat ATI's new offerings?"

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AMD Radeon HD 4890 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"Our HD 4890 CrossFire review investigates whether running two of these brand-new cards is a viable choice if you need that extra bit of performance or want to run with even more eye candy than what is possible with a single HD 4890 board."

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PowerColor HD 4890 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"AMD has just announced the availability of their latest HD 4890 graphics card series which is based on the new RV790 GPU. The highlights of RV790 are considerably higher clocks speeds and 1 GB of fast GDDR5 memory on all boards."

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AMD Radeon HD 4890 On Linux
"With the launch of the Radeon HD 4800 series in June of last year, AMD made an evolutionary leap in their Linux support. For the first time, when introducing a brand new graphics processor (the RV770) it was greeted by same-day Linux support, compared to the past where Linux users had to wait many months for any new level of support. Not only was there this Linux support via the Catalyst driver, but there was even open-source support in the X.Org driver the very same month. In the months that followed, they then introduced CrossFire support, OverDrive, and other features to put their Linux Catalyst suite closer to their Windows driver. This morning AMD is announcing a high-end refresh of the RV770 GPU that will be known as the RV790 and is found in the Radeon HD 4890 graphics card. Is AMD continuing to play ball with Linux? We will tell you this morning as we look closely at the ASUS Radeon HD 4890 on Ubuntu Linux."

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Sapphire HD 4890 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's new HD 4890 comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory and yet unseen clock speeds offering much better performance at a competitive price. Will that be enough to beat NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 275 ?"

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB Notebook Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
"The Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB notebook hard drive didn't disappoint and was much faster than the 200GB hard drive from the 7200.2 series. Not only was it faster, the drive is also more resilient as it has a shock tolerance of 350g @ 2ms. This shock tolerance is 17% better than the 300g @ 2ms found on the 7200.2 series. If you are hard on your notebook you might want to search for a drive with G-Force Protection as it will increase your chances of not losing data in the case that your notebook is dropped. This is made possible due to an optional drop sensor that senses when the system is in a free-fall state, moving the heads off the platter and locking them in place—all within three-tenths of a second. This is a pretty neat little feature that not many people know about, so if you are upgrading an old hard drive it is something to look into if you like trying out new things..."

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ASUS Rampage II GENE @ Bjorn3D
"As they say, it's not the size that matters, it's on how well you use it. Well, this pretty much sums up the ASUS Rampage II GENE. Upon hearing that I was gonna review this board, I immedietly did a quick Google search for pictures and also to get an idea of what this motherboard looked like and its layout."

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